CARACAS, Wednesday March 15, 2006 | Update
The 11th Execution Court has granted the alternative of domestic
jail to journalist Ibéyise Pacheco, who surrendered early
Wednesday following a bench warrant.
The court resolved that the reporter could serve the sentence at home with no police custody. However, she will face some restrictions concerning practice of journalism and visits.
Pacheco will not be able to record her radio show or write her weekly column.
Defense attorney Claudia Mujica had argued that Pacheco's physical, psychological and moral integrity could not be secured at the Los Teques Women's Penitentiary or at the Directorate for Intelligence, Security and Prevention (Disip.)
Mujica expects the Criminal Cassation Court, Supreme Tribunal of Justice, to dismiss the "null and void, unconstitutional" charges made by the Attorney General Office against her client for alleged false testimony.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.